Have you ever had one of those weeks where life just doesn’t stand still? I have recently. I guess life never really does stand still but there were no lazy mornings or leisurely afternoons. No calm evenings or relaxing bedtimes to gloat about. Just a crazy, busy insanely demanding week where I was just one mom and mom life was officially kicking my butt.
Fighting a hoarse voice of my own, two trips to the urgent care with my daughters, my mother was in the ICU, work deadlines and of course the normal hectic evening routine with kids was just a tad bit of my days in December.
And during it all, in the midst of almost breaking down in tears, it occurred to me that these weeks are beginning to be the “new normal”!
By “new normal” I am not referring to the extreme life moments. Those are hopefully rare and far and few in between. I’m talking about the day to day with two kids under 5, a husband, a career, friends, and extended family, it feels like I am constantly being pulled in every direction.
The new normal is getting up early to make breakfast, make lunches and get myself semi dressed before the little ones wake up.
The new normal is that I strive to be present as a wife and best friend, even when I am too tired to think and sometimes, the new normal is that I work when I should be sleeping because it never seems like I can get enough done during the day.
The new normal is making plans for super fun girlfriend get-togethers, only to have to cancel because of a kid mini-crisis. (Hello, stomach bug.) That’s never fun!
The new normal is moving from mother to friend to boss- from minute to minute. And not taking enough time for self.
As much as I enjoy being a mommy to my beautiful daughters, am madly in love with my husband and enjoy my career, the new normal leaves me aching for a moment of peace and serenity. Hello bubble baths anyone?